Get Involved

Building healthy community connections is central to YBN’s mission to change the paradigm of youth development and provide disconnected youth with the supports they need to be personally and professionally successful. To that end. there are a number of ways you can get involved.


Over the years, YBN has processed thousands of applications but, due to restricted public funding, was only able to enroll a fraction of that amount. Whether by writing a letter to your local council representative or having a discussion with a community member, your advocacy efforts help us build the public and private support that can broadly transform youth development and alternative education practice.


The impact of mentorship on the life of a disconnected young adult is immeasurable. Before enrollment, many applicants lack positive role models who can help them identify and strive toward positive life goals. Just an hour a week can have a profound impact on a young adult’s well-being, so please consider mentoring one of our students!

Become a Community Partner

Our effectiveness is largely due to the various partnerships we have cultivated over the years. Our partners provide students with vital services ranging from access to healthcare, legal services, and transitional housing. If you are interested in supplying our students with a key support, contact us.


YBN is always in search of companies, organizations, and programs that can provide students with practical learning opportunities, such as internships. Students have previously interned at the Newark YMWCA and Newark Community Health Centers. If you are interested in supporting the professional achievement of a disconnected young adult, reach out!

If you are interested in doing any of the above, please get in touch with us using our Contact Us form.